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Set out from Marseille for a day tour of Les Baux de Provence and Arles, an ancient city sporting some incredible Roman monuments. Your private excursion begins with an informative walking tour through Arles, taking in sights like the centuries-old Arles Amphitheatre and Café Van Gogh, which appears in its namesake's iconic painting, The Café Terrace. Then enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the medieval cliff-top village of Les Baux de Provence, exploring old ruins and cobbled streets. 


  • Full-day private tour to Arles and Les Baux de Provence from Marseille
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed town of Arles with your private guide
  • See Café Van Gogh, the yellow-fronted building that was depicted in Van Gogh’s famous painting The Café Terrace
  • Admire Roman ruins like Arles Amphitheatre and learn about the city’s ancient heritage
  • Spend your afternoon at leisure in the village of Les Baux de Provence
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Arles and Les Baux de Provence Day Trip from Marseille

Private Tour: Arles and Les Baux de Provence Day Trip from Marseille

Leave your central Marseille hotel by luxury air-conditioned minivan, and then travel west along the coast with your private guide. Your first destination is Arles, the ancient city that’s made its way onto the UNESCO World Heritage list in recognition of its beautifully preserved Roman monuments – some of which date back to 1st century BC.

Besides the city’s Roman heritage, Arles is also known for its strong sense of cultural identity. Once the home of Vincent van Gogh, the city is home to striking architecture that attracts art and architecture lovers from around the world, and you’ll see several of its finest examples on a walking tour with your guide.

As you stroll around, your guide will talk to you about Van Gogh’s life in the city, and show you several places that inspired the artist’s works, like the imaginatively named Café Van Gogh in Forum Square. The distinctive yellow-fronted café is said to be the building in Van Gogh’s acclaimed The Café Terrace painting.

Marvel at the ruins of Arles Amphitheatre where some 12,000 people could once be seated, and then explore the city’s intriguing ancient theater. Only two of its original Corinthian columns are still standing, but the ruins certainly hint at its former glory. Walk past St-Trophime church, admiring its carved 12th-century doorway, and then take some time out for lunch in town (own expense).

After your break, meet your guide and travel away from the coast toward the Chaîne des Alpilles mountain range. Your afternoon is spent at leisure in Les Baux de Provence – a charming medieval village that clings to the top of a rocky cliff. Admire postcard-perfect views over the Provencal countryside, and then wander around the village’s cobblestone streets, gazing at the old fortress ruins (admission is at your own expense).

At the pre-arranged time, meet your guide for the journey to Marseille. Your tour ends back at your Marseille hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Randall M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Our guide,Virginia, is really a 10++++++! She is delightful, informative, knowledgable, great driver and very accommodating. SUPER PRIVATE TOUR!!!!

Pamela V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Excellent tour. Cannot praise our guide too highly for her in depth knowledge and attention to detail, and her efforts to ensure that we had a wonderful day. Her personality was outstanding. Many thanks.

Linda P

4 star rating: Recommended November 2011

Viator contacted the provider of this tour for me to ask if we could do it as a shore excursion from a cruise ship. They agreed to pick us up at the ship, change the start and end times of the tour, and personalize the day's itinerary. Then we found out 24 hours before the tour was to begin that our ship would be docking at a different port due to weather. We were relieved to find that they would simply meet us at the new port. That was easy!

But the new port was an extra hour away and we had to back at the ship before 4:00, so our guide suggested that we go to Aix and Cassis since they were closer than the listed places. That worked out great, since we were much happier strolling around the towns instead of spending the time driving. She gave us an interesting walking tour of Aix and showed us a collection of restaurants from which we picked one that served an excellent lunch. Cassis was charming and picturesque.

We learned a lot about Provence from our guide, who spoke very good English and knew the area well. Although we did not see the places we originally expected, we appreciated the flexibility that gave us a good day in Provence despite the change in port.

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